Jonny Nilsson

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Jonny Nilsson
Jonny Nilsson 1962.jpg
Jonny Nilsson in 1962
Personal information
Birth name Erling Martin Jonny Nilsson
Born (1943-02-09) 9 February 1943 (age 73)
Göteborg, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Sport
Sport Speed skating
Club Bofors Cykelklubb; IK Wega, Göteborg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 42.2 (1966)
1000 m: 1:33.1 (1969)
1500 m: 2:08.2 (1966)
3000 m: 4:27.3 (1963)
5000 m: 7:32.9 (1968)
10 000 m: 15:33.0 (1963)

Erling Martin Jonny Nilsson (born 9 February 1943) is a former speed skater from Sweden.

Biography[edit]

Jonny Nilsson at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Aged 19 Nilsson made his international debut at the European Allround Championships in 1962, finishing 15th. Nilsson had trouble with the 500 m, which clearly showed at the World Allround Championships two weeks later – despite a 1st place on the 10,000 m and a 2nd place on the 5000 m, he finished only 10th overall because he had finished the 500 m in 45th place. For his accomplishments, Nilsson received the 1962 Oscar Mathisen Award. The next year at the World Allround Championships, he finished 23rd on the 500 m, but with a 6th place on the 1500 m and wins on both the 5,000 m and the 10000 m (both in new world record times), he made up his deficit and became World Allround Champion with a new world record samalog for the combination of the four distances.

At the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Nilsson was still the world record holder on both the 5000 m and the 10000 m, but he finished only 6th on the 5000 m. Two days later, though, he became Olympic Champion on the 10000 m.[1] In 1965, Nilsson finished 4th at the World Allround Championships, despite winning both the 5000 m (in a new world record time) and the 10000 m. His last international medal came the following year at the 1966 World Allround Championships, where he won bronze. He participated in the 5000 m and the 10000 m at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, but did not win any medals.

Besides his international successes, Nilsson won many national titles. He was Swedish Allround Champion four times (1964–1967) and won a total of 13 Swedish Single Distance Championships – twice on the 1,500 m (1966–1967), five times on the 5,000 m (1962–1966), and six times on the 10,000 m (1963–1968).

Nilsson earned the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 1963. He is not related to his speed skating rival Ivar Nilsson.[2]

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

Over the course of his career, Nilsson skated five world records:

Discipline Time Date Location
5000 m 7.34,3 February 23, 1963 Japan Karuizawa
10,000 m 15.33,0 February 24, 1963 Japan Karuizawa
Big combination 178.447 February 24, 1963 Japan Karuizawa
3000 m 4.27,6 March 23, 1963 Norway Tolga
5000 m 7.33,2 February 13, 1965 Norway Oslo

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]

Personal records[edit]

Distance Result Date Location
500 m 42.2 9 February 1966 Davos
1000 m 1:33.1 19 January 1969 Gothenburg
1500 m 2:08.2 2 February 1966 Davos
3000 m 4:27.6 23 March 1963 Tolga
5000 m 7:32.9 15 February 1968 Grenoble
10000 m 15:33.0 24 February 1963 Karuizawa
Big combination 178.447 24 February 1963 Karuizawa

Nilsson was number one on the Adelskalender, the all-time allround speed skating ranking, for a total of 329 days, from February 1963 to January 1964. He has an Adelskalender score of 176.873 points.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jonny Nilsson. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Johnny Nilsson. munzinger.de
  3. ^ "Jonny Nilsson". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Eng, Trond. All Time International Championships, Complete Results: 1889 – 2002. Askim, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 2002.
  • Nilsson, Jonny. Sikta mot stjärnorna.... Filipstad, Sweden: Filipstads Tryckeri Förlag, 1963.
  • Teigen, Magne. Komplette Resultater Internasjonale Mesterskap 1889 – 1989: Menn/Kvinner, Senior/Junior, allround/sprint. Veggli, Norway: WSSSA-Skøytenytt, 1989.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Henk van der Grift
Oscar Mathisen Award
1962
Succeeded by
Norway Nils Aaness
Preceded by
Sweden Assar Rönnlund
Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
1963
Succeeded by
Sweden Rolf Peterson